Nerves! But the colon's holdin' out!

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   Posted 1/9/2009 11:54 PM (GMT -6)   
After a truly HORRIBLE semester filled with organic chemistry (which I totally passed by the way!!!!) and anxiety issues, I decided to transfer schools. Now that break is over I am packing up my stuff and heading off to a new school that is almost twice the size of my previous school and the second biggest university in MN. I am soo nervous! Though I am taking slightly easy classes for being a sophomore I'm a little rattle from last fall. I'm totally unfamiliar with the campus and its HUGE. The old me would be freaking out right now but the effexor has calmed my nerves and calmed the colon too (April will be my 3rd year of remission!! Knock on wood...). Although I am nervous, I'm also really excited. I hoping that I can finally enjoy my college experience before its gone for good!

Just thought I would share because there were some of you there for me when I had my little meltdown! :)
20 year old college student diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at 16
Remission since January/April 2006
400mg Asacol 2x, 10mg Elavil, 75mg Effexor XR for GAD

"If you don't like something change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude"
Maya Angelou

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   Posted 1/10/2009 2:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations on passing your exams even though organic chemistry was a HORRIBLE and stressful!!

Hope your move goes well and that you'll start to feel comfortable in your new school environment. Will you be living on campus?

You now have lots of experience under your belt regarding university, changing environments and extremely difficult curriculums..should be "a piece of cake"..after the nerves settle..

Keep us posted as to how you're doing.
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   Posted 1/10/2009 7:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Aww Sam, I'm sure you will do fine with the larger campus! Congrats on passing the chemistry and yay for your colon behaving itself. Just remember, keep an eye on your body and if you notice any changes, be proactive. I found, for myself anyway, that I do great in stressful situations, it's the afterwards that has me flaring again.
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   Posted 1/10/2009 11:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Ewww, o. chem! I'm so glad I switched out of a science major; it would have been enough to send me into a flare!

I'm getting a little nervous about going back to school as well; I'm at the same place but I took last semester off and am not in a full remission yet. But I'm sure you'll be okay. Let us know how moving in and first week of classes go!
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   Posted 1/10/2009 11:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Congrats! I went to a really big university and it was a blast. But that was before I got UC. You'll probably have long walks to classes, find the bathrooms along the way before you really need them! Hopefully all the good vibes will keep your remission going. Good luck!
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   Posted 1/10/2009 11:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Congrats Sam
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   Posted 1/10/2009 12:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations SAM!!!! Way to go, if you can accomplish that you can do anything, including familiarizing yourself quickly with where all the nearest cans are in this new school.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)

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   Posted 1/10/2009 5:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Not gonna lie...I LOVE being a biology major!! It is complete hell sometimes but its the only thing I've ever been passionate about!
I'm so ready to enjoy school and I really hope this is the answer :) It is nice to know that my GI is only an hour away if something goes wrong. That definitely puts my mind at ease!
20 year old college student diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at 16
Remission since January/April 2006
400mg Asacol 2x, 10mg Elavil, 75mg Effexor XR for GAD

"If you don't like something change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude"
Maya Angelou

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